Lori Gortner MFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Palo Alto, California, 94306

Lori Gortner


Lori Gortner


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.


4153 El Camino Way, St. A
Palo Alto, California 94306

My Approach to Helping

I am a telepsychotherapist, which means that I work with clients online, via skype, or via telephone. I also work with clients in their homes. This model of therapy works for people who do not have time to go to an office for a session or do not have access to a car or just don't want to leave their residence/office.

I believe that the relationship we have with ourselves is extended into our relationships with others. I also believe that life can become unsatisfying when we get stuck in old issues and injuries.

I use a client-centered approach to therapy. That means that I trust and follow you into and through unresolved issues that interfere with fulfilling relationships with yourself and others. I also use an active model of therapy in that I will ask you to go beyond your stories and connect with yourself.

More Info About My Practice

I can be contacted at the number listed on the right of the page with any questions. In general, I charge $150/hour, however, I do slide. I am also affiliated with numerous insurance agencies.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I am passionate about the value of psychotherapy. I have helped many clients move through their feelings of self-doubt to a genuine sense of joy that I feel excited by their journeys.

My Role as a Therapist

I view my role as a therapist as one of both following my clients and taking the lead. I endeavor during the first meetings to create an atmosphere of trust and safety. At the same time, I am also getting information that will help me tailor interventions specific to each client. My overall agenda is to help my clients move to a place of increased contentment.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
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